Welcome to Year 2! Please keep an eye on our class page for lots of important information as well as photos and children's updates. We have had a busy start to the term first with our Multi Cultural Topic of Australia and now onto 'What's in the Sky' with a focus on Space!
Take a look at what we have been doing in class.
I hope you all enjoyed the half term holiday, the children were really excited to share their news on Monday! We have had a busy few days back in school and are looking forward to our World Book Day celebrations tomorrow and our Eisteddfod Friday.
Thank you also for the beautiful Welsh Heritage Homework which the children presented to the class today. It was lovely to hear how inspired and proud they are of the heroic ladies in their families.
Miss Jones X
Next week we will be moving onto multiplication! We already count in 2’s, 5’s and 10’s in class so please could you continue to work on this at home. We will also be working on the 3 and 4 times table. Below are some of the songs we will be using to aid our learning – I thought they may be useful to you! You should be able to view them if you copy and paste the link. (Written in Blue) If you are unable to do this please go onto www.youtube.com and type the names of the songs which are written in red on here.
2 Times Table Song (Cover of Can’t Stop The Feeling! By Justin Timberlake)
3 Times Table –
Three Times Table Song (Cover of Uptown Funk by Mark Ronson and Bruno Mars)
3 Times Table Song - Fun & Easy to Learn Multiplication!
4 Times Table –
4 Times Table Song (Cover of I’m Still Standing by Taron Egerton)
Have a great weekend!
Thank you for the support at our Enterprise Evening tonight!
So far our class has raised £216 from our dance! We are very grateful!
Thank you all
Thank you all for your donations we really appreciate it. We had lots of fun this morning.
**Important from the PTA for the Aviva grant**
Can we ask all parents, family, friends - everyone! To vote for us please:
We've entered the Aviva Community Fund to ask for £10,000 for IT equipment for the school - a class set of Chromebooks and an ActivPanel interactive board.
Voting opens today (Tuesday 23rd) at 9am - if you could spare a few minutes to vote for Cwmlai Primary School IT Improvement on the link below it would be massively appreciated! And if your family, friends, neighbours and anyone you've ever known could too, that would be amazing!
Only the projects with the highest votes go through into the final round of considerations and the school could really do with some new equipment.
Voting closes on 20th November, so don't delay!!
You might have to copy and paste the above address, rather than just clicking on it.
Cwmlai PTA and all Cwmlai Primary Staff
Please note:some of the maths games which I have allocated this evening for the weekend may not work on tablets. If you have access to a laptop or desktop they should work on there. I’ve put a variety of games onto the pupil accounts so they can practice over the weekend and next week.
Welcome to Dosbarth Glas
Welcome to Year 2! We have an exciting year ahead and I hope your child is looking forward to it as much as I am! Please keep checking the class page and twitter for updates, photographs and information related to our class.
Some important information:
PE lessons are held on Friday morning - please ensure your child has a kit they are able to leave in school. Remember to write the child's name on each item of clothing including the kit bag. Kits will be sent home each half term.
Tuck Shop - children will have the opportunity to buy fruit each day - if you would like your child to do this please make sure they have a wallet in school - this will be sent home each Friday to top up ready for the following week.
Homework - this will be sent home every Friday and will need to be returned the following Monday.
Spellings - your child will have spellings each week - these will be stuck into their homework books or if they don't return their book it will be put in their book bag each Friday.
Reading Books - please listen to your child read over the weekends and comment in the yellow book provided. Books sent home each Friday to be returned Monday.
School will be open as normal today. The school site has been assessed and the yard mostly cleared. Please take your
time and stay safe as some of the pavements on the way to school are icy. No late marks will be given - just please arrive safely.
WEATHER UPDATE - FOR THURSDAY 1ST MARCH
We had an e mail from the Local Authority at 2.10 this afternoon which goes as follows;-
We would also recommend that you use the following statement when sending a text to parents or posting this information on social media/school websites:
“Based on current Met Office forecasts of severe winter weather, which is expected to have a significant impact from tomorrow, Thursday 1 March and in to the weekend, the local authority has advised us to close the school tomorrow, Thursday 1 March and Friday 2 March. An update will be provided over the weekend in respect of Monday, 5 March.”
Therefore based on the above information Cwmlai Primary will be closed tomorrow
We will keep in touch via text.
Thank you Cwmlai PTA for our Easter eggs. We had lots of fun looking for the matching numbered egg shells.
Celebrating National No Smoking Day by creating a chain to break the smoking habit!
Thank you Steve for an amazing dinosaur experience.
Harry's lost his dinosaurs! Can we help him find them?
Dydd Gwyl Dewi
Christmas Jumper Day
Reception Christmas Concert 2016
Fantastic concert Reception. Well done everyone.
A very busy week in Reception!
Thank you Falconry UK. We had an amazing time today with the birds of prey.
Looking for 3d shapes around our environment.
Measuring sticks in our nature area.
Just to remind you, school photographs are Tuesday 20th September. Thanks
Thank you for looking at our class page! The children have had a lovely first week and have settled into Reception! We will be updating our page as the weeks progress so you can find lots of information and see what we have been learning about!
Some important information:
Homework books will be sent home on a Wednesday and must be returned to school on a Monday.
Our Physical Education days are Tuesday and Thursdays – children won’t need to bring a sports kit.
Apple Money is £1.00 a week and can be given to the class teachers.
Please keep checking our page for updates, newsletters and photographs!
Parents invitation to our concert and open afternoon, Wed, 22nd June at 1.30pm in the school hall. We look forward to seeing you there.
Creating Mr Potato Cress Heads...
In our PE lessons in this term we have been learning about gymnastics. We have really enjoyed exploring the apparatus and have thought of lots of different ways of moving on and off the benches and boxes!
We have been buying sunflower seeds from Mrs Jones and planting them!
Assembling our greenhouse!
We also planted some flowers, a strawberry plant and another type of plant. Can you guess what it is.
Reception have been very busy lately, digging and weeding the vegetable patch. We have now planted our peas, beans, carrots, radish and spring onions and hope to see them start growing soon!
Welcome back to school after the Easter holidays. We hope the Easter bunny visited you during the holidays and left lots of Easter eggs!
Spring has arrived and it was lovely to read about your Spring findings in your homework books. Well done to you all.
Our topic this half term is Teeny Tiny Things. This topic has a Knowledge and Understanding of the World focus and enables children to explore details of both the natural and man-made world, using a range of methods and resources to observe things carefully.
In this topic the children will learn about how to look for tiny details with care and concentration, to see intricate patterns on both natural and man-
made objects and to learn about living things that are tiny. Lots of fun to be had in our outdoor environment!
What a busy term we have had! Here are some of the things we have been up to...
We hope you have all had a lovely half term! Back to school on Monday. Please remember the homework - to create a piece of Welsh work for our Eisteddfod. See you all on Monday!
Miss Horrigan and Mrs Roberts
Trip to Cardiff Castle
We had a super day on our trip. The children were a real credit to Cwmlai. They were extremely well behaved, excited to explore the castle and asked lots of questions. To quote Iyanto "It's great without our Mammy's. It's epic!".
Dragons do exist!
We were very lucky today to have a visit from Viv, a real dragon! A special thank you to Lloyd's mum and nan for bringing Viv and her locusts into school. All the children, Miss Horrigan, Mrs Scott and Mrs Rees were very brave in holding Viv. Mrs Roberts took the photos!!!
Our class trip to Cardiff Castle.
Just a reminder that our class trip is on Wednesday, 3rd February. All outstanding monies and consent forms to be returned by Friday, 29th January please.
We've been exploring the artwork of Paul Klee this week, especially his painting 'Castle and Sun'. There are lots of 2d shapes in his work and we decided to construct our very own 2d Castles and Sun.
Thank you Miss Horrigan for sharing your new puppy with us.
What a surprise! A visit from a very sad knight in shining armour. Mike the Knight was looking for his friend, Dewi the Dragon. He wanted to know if we'd seen him around the school. Well, we had found a suitcase containing strange and weird objects in our nature area. Did it belong to Dewi? Yes it did! We decided to help Mike by writing 'Missing' posters describing Dewi and placing them around the school for everyone to see. If you see Dewi the Dragon, please let Reception children know.
Hi all and welcome back from the holidays. We hope you had a very enjoyable Christmas and that Santa brought you all the presents you asked for. A very special thank you to all our parents for our lovely Christmas presents too.
Our new topic this term is called 'Dragon Tales'. A very exciting topic that will help children explore the historical, traditional and fantasy world of castles including the lives of people who,lived and worked in them during the Middle Ages. Indeed, we had a visit from Mike the Knight today who had lost his dragon and was feeling rather sad! It so happens that yesterday we found a map of the nature area in our class with an 'x' marks the spot on it!. Where had it come from, who had put it there and what it was for we did not know. We decided to follow the map and found a suitcase in the nature area containing strange and weird objects that might belong to a dragon so we promised to help Mike look for him. We are now very busy in class producing our very own maps of where we found the suitcase and writing 'Missing' posters for everyone in the school to look for Dewi (photos to follow). If you see Dewi, please let us know. Just ask the children for a description of him!
In this project the children will also learn about -
More details to follow soon.
Water, water everywhere, underground and in the air! ....... Reception children were given a challenge from Mr Gumpy! To build a boat big enough and strong enough to carry himself, the children and all the animals without it sinking. Did they live up to the challenge?
Welcome to Dosbarth Aur!
The reception children have settled well in their new class and have been enthusiastically exploring the different areas of the classroom.
We hope you find this page helpful keeping you up to date with what is happening in our class! Don't forget you can also follow us on Twitter @cwmlai. Any tweets related to our class will have the hashtag #ReceptionAur.
We look forward to an exciting year!
Miss Horrigan and Mrs Roberts.
Easter bonnets and egg rolling competition.
What an 'eggstravaganza' day today! First we had fun hunting for letters to spell 'Easter egg' with the PTA providing every child with an Easter egg. Thank you Mrs Royle, Mrs Scott and Mrs Williams. Next we held our egg rolling competition and well done to Scarlet for winning. The children were a little reluctant to part with their well designed hard boiled eggs but luckily the science workshop on Wednesday taught us about bacteria and so the eggs went in the bin, much to the children's sadness! This was followed with our Easter bonnet parade and I must say congratulations to the parents for making fantastic Easter bonnets. They looked superb and the children were very proud of them. Happy Easter to you all, enjoy the holidays and thank you again for your support this term,
Mrs Roberts, Mrs J. and Mrs Jones
we've had a very busy week in Reception Aur! On Wednesday we watched a workshop delivered by The Food Standard Agency. Huw, Pugh and Blod helped us learn all about the 4 C's - cleaning, cooking, chilling and cross-contamination. An excellent workshop which the children thoroughly enjoyed. We are all now super science sleuths thanks to Huw, Pugh and Blod.
We've had great fun over the last 2 weeks looking at 2d and 3d shapes. We started by making a mouse out of a circular piece of paper and transformed it into a conical 3d shape. Clever! The best time by far was had looking for 3d shapes in the environment. Just look what shapes we found! Thank you to the parents for helping to support your child learn the names and recognise these shapes.
A massive thank you to all you parents who turned up for our Open Afternoon. I hope you enjoyed the concert as much as the children did. Lots of them have asked to do it again! I'm sure you will agree that the children were amazing, as were the staff, and I would also like to say thank you to those parents who 'dressed up' in support.
Quite a few parents have asked for suggested websites that they can go on at home with their child, for Literacy and Numeracy, to take their learning further.
We have put together a suggested list of suitable websites for Reception age pupils.
We are not suggesting that they HAVE to use these websites – but that they are fabulous websites to use if they would like to.
If one week, no homework is sent home, please feel free to explore these websites in the place of homework and report your feedback in the homework books.
Welcome to Gold!
Your teacher will very soon be filling this page with exciting class news, pictures of things we’ve done and more.
Do you have any ideas for this page? Why not let you Teacher know!
Have you seen the Kids’ Zone? Play games and visit some cool websites. You can vote for your favourites.